Marshall in Calhoun County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Lieutenant George A. Woodruff
Lieutenant George A. Woodruff (1840-1863) graduated early from West Point because of the start of the Civil War. Young Woodruff served valiantly with the Army of the Potomac. At Gettysburg he was mortally wounded while defending the center of the Union line with his First U.S. Field Artillery (Battery I) against General George Pickett's Confederate charge on July 3, 1863. Lingering through the night, George Woodruff died the following day.
After learning of the death of his son, the Honorable George Woodruff, a well-known Calhoun County judge, traveled to Gettysburg to bring young George's body back to this city. Last rites for the gallant Civil War veteran were held in Marshall and he was buried on Oakridge Cemetery. His brother William was wounded in the Battle of Petersburg. He died on June 28, 1864, in Washington, D.C., and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Erected 2007 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number 654.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1831.
Location. 42° 15.521′ N, 84° 57.033′ W. Marker is in Marshall, Michigan, in Calhoun County. Marker is on Homer Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located on the grounds of Oakridge Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marshall MI 49068, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel Coleman House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gauss Ice House / Ice Harvesting (approx. 0.3 miles away); Horace Perrin / Perrinville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Capitol Hill School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Calhoun County Fair (approx. half a mile away); Governor's Mansion (approx. half a mile away); Ketchum Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ketchum Street (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marshall.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Tablet at Gettysburg for Battery I, 1st US Artillery
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